CLEVELAND, OHIO — Six members of the Hiram College softball team were selected to the 2011 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams that were announced today (Wednesday, May 11). Senior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield), junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) and junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) earned first-team honors. Sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Bath/Revere) and freshman pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) were both second-team picks and senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) was tabbed honorable mention. [2011 All-NCAC Teams]
All six players have played key roles in helping the Terriers post a 25-12 overall record so far this season and a second NCAC Tournament Title.
Ervin earns her second All-Conference award and her first first-team selection after earning honorable mention honors last year. This season, she batted .310 in conference play to go along with a homerun and seven RBI. Overall, Ervin has started all 37 games and is fifth on the team in batting average at .320 (33-of-103). She has hit one homerun, scored 16 runs and tallied 16 RBI. Defensively, Ervin has a .996 fielding percentage with 214 putouts, 18 assists and just one error as the team’s starting catcher.
Langland improves upon her second-team All-Conference selection last year as a first-team pick this spring. Against NCAC opponents, Langland had an impressive .489 batting average with three homeruns and 17 RBI. In 37 games, she is tied for second on the team in hitting with a .388 average (47-of-121). She is also second in runs scored (31) and tied for second in homeruns (four). She leads the team in triples (five), doubles (15) and is tied for the team-lead in RBI (30).
Cooney earns All-NCAC honors for the first time in her career. She posted a .447 batting average in conference play to go along with three RBI. Against all opponents, Cooney has started all 37 games in left field and leads the team in batting average (.430), runs scored (40) and stolen bases (26). Her 40 runs and 26 stolen bases are both Hiram single-season records. She has also hit two triples, five doubles and has driven in 15 runs. On defense, Cooney has an impressive .975 fielding percentage with 34 putouts, five assists and has committed just one error.
Singer repeats as an All-Conference player in only her second season as a Terrier. She garnered first-team accolades last season as a freshman. This year against NCAC opponents, Singer had a .326 batting average with one homerun and eight RBI. Overall, she is currently tied with Langland for second on the team in batting average at .388 (45-of-116). She is also tied with Langland for the team lead in RBI (30) and is tied for second in homeruns (four). In addition, Singer is amongst the team leaders in runs (27) and doubles (12). Defensively, she has a .987 fielding percentage with 218 putouts, 11 assists and three errors as the team’s starting first baseman.
Lane earns All-NCAC honors for the first time in her career as a freshman. She has made an immediate impact for the Terriers both as a hitter and the team’s top pitcher. At the plate, she has a .213 batting average (19-of-89) with two homeruns, three doubles, 12 runs scored and 11 RBI. On the mound, Lane leads the team in every statistical category. She has made 30 appearances, with 19 starts, and has posted a 13-7 overall record, including 10 complete games, three shutouts and one save. Lane also leads the NCAC in several categories including wins (13), strikeouts (129) and appearances (30). In addition, she has a 2.10 earned run average in a team-best 123-and-a-third innings.
Padilla earned All-Conference honors for the first time in her career. She posted a 4-0 record in conference play with a 3.25 ERA. For the season, Padilla made 20 appearances, with nine starts, and had an 8-1 overall record. She pitched two complete games while striking out 39 hitters in 59 and two-thirds innings.
Hiram will make its second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament which begins tomorrow (Thursday, May 12). The Terriers will take on Alma (Mich.) College in its first game of the NCAA Regionals hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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